Taylor Swift Earns First Billboard #1 With ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’

Believe it or not, Taylor Swift has never had a number one hit. Despite three chart-topping albums and a handful of multi-platinum singles, Swift never had a number one single prior to “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” “You Belong With Me” and “Today Was A Fairytale” , her highest charting singles, both peaked at number 2.

“Never Ever” sold 623,000 downloads in its first week, breaking the record for the best-selling single by a female artist set by Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok”  (610,000) in January 2010. “Never Ever” also topped Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” the previous record holder for best first week sales by a female artist. That song sold 448,000 downloads.

Swift took to Twitter to celebrate her accomplishment. “# 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100!!?! This has been the most amazing week. I can’t believe how incredible you guys are. (Jumping up and down)”

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” garnered its fair share of criticism. Many critics accused the song of being too juvenile for Swift whose previous album Speak Now foreshadowed her budding songwriting talent.

“Never Ever” is the first song from Swift’s fourth studio album Red which hits stores October 22nd.



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Brittany is now a graduate student at Rowan University and is currently working on a novel.